According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Cardinals have had “multiple discussions” about bringing back veteran reliever Octavio Dotel.
Dotel, 37, posted a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings between the Cardinals and Blue Jays during the regular season. Of course, he was also an important part of Tony La Russa’s bullpen during the postseason, compiling a 2.61 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals declined Dotel’s $3.5 million option for 2012 last month, instead opting to pay a $750,000 buyout, but they remain interested in bringing him back at a lesser salary. Olney hears that the interest is mutual, though one imagines he would likely jump at the opportunity to close games somewhere.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.